HD Background photos and images

Browse through our database of stunning background photographs. Our background images are textured, patterned and arranged to perfectly support the content that you choose to add to your website.

spilled roasted coffee beans

Spilled Roasted Coffee Beans


green ink with yellow and orange drop

Green Ink With Yellow And Orange Drop


pretty pink flower

Pretty Pink Flower


black and gold carnival mask

Black And Gold Carnival Mask


white tile corner textures

White Tile Corner Textures


natural wood fence

Natural Wood Fence


leaf background texture

Leaf Background Texture


lighthouse at sunset

Lighthouse At Sunset


two rows of stacked shipping containers

Two Rows Of Stacked Shipping Containers


rapids & forest

Rapids & Forest


feet hanging over cliff

Feet Hanging Over Cliff


curvy shoreline with gravel path

Curvy Shoreline With Gravel Path


brick wall city scape

Brick Wall City Scape


ocean waves on beach

Ocean Waves On Beach


sparkler at night

Sparkler At Night


full rainbow over rocks and water

Full Rainbow Over Rocks And Water


sunset over fishing village

Sunset Over Fishing Village


succulent closeup

Succulent Closeup


buttons top frame

Buttons Top Frame


glass ball on water at sunset

Glass Ball On Water At Sunset


coffee beans font

Coffee Beans Font


clouded hills

Clouded Hills


abstract green & yellow vertical lines

Abstract Green & Yellow Vertical Lines


tropical ocean boat

Tropical Ocean Boat


toronto city skyline

Toronto City Skyline


summer in tokyo at night

Summer In Tokyo At Night


greens on wood background

Greens On Wood Background


purple orchid closeup

Purple Orchid Closeup


flying over mountains

Flying Over Mountains


green plants background

Green Plants Background


spanish mountain landscape

Spanish Mountain Landscape


sunny misty background

Sunny Misty Background


watching the waterfall

Watching The Waterfall


round parkade architecture

Round Parkade Architecture


bright golden oil closeup texture

Bright Golden Oil Closeup Texture


storm clouds at sunset

Storm Clouds At Sunset


bare winter tree branches

Bare Winter Tree Branches


judgement gavel on white

Judgement Gavel On White


fuchsia blossom closeup

Fuchsia Blossom Closeup


fresh market vegetables

Fresh Market Vegetables


greenhouse gardening

Greenhouse Gardening


noel letter tiles on snow

Noel Letter Tiles On Snow


coffee beans background

Coffee Beans Background


sailboats in cove

Sailboats In Cove


light reflects on water

Light Reflects On Water


coffee beans and mug flatlay

Coffee Beans And Mug Flatlay


blue and purple ink abstract face

Blue And Purple Ink Abstract Face


beach volleyball courts

Beach Volleyball Courts


purple ink cloud

Purple Ink Cloud


aged wood & brick

Aged Wood & Brick


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Stunning HD background photos for commercial use

What makes background pictures different?

Background photographs are used very differently that regular images for a number of reasons. When selecting a background image - there are specialized criteria to keep in mind. For starters - background pictures wonā€™t fit into a fixed frame they way other photographs would. When a photo is locked into an article or block of text or shown as part of an advertisement - the dimensions are fixed - meaning that selecting a suitable photo really just comes down to aesthetics.

With background images - things work a little differently. To start, backgrounds are not likely to be in a fixed frame and will need to be equally beautiful when viewed on a large fullscreen, widescreen, or a mobile phone screen. Itā€™s for this reason that web developers will often choose an images of a pattern - so that parts of the it can be cut off by web-browsers and other content that may vary in size and shape without looking like the image is misplaced.

If youā€™re not using a pattern, youā€™ll want to make sure the image isnā€™t too focused. Images with a clear subject don't work as well as background images because parts of the subject may be covered.

You may also choose to use background images to create a parallax scrolling effect. Parallax scrolling has been proven to create a better user experience for web users. This is where a web designer or developer might choose to add content in front of a background images that scrolls faster than the background image itself. This effect is used on web-pages to give the illusion of depth to the page and to create a more dynamic viewing experience.

Images used in parallax scrolling tend to be a little bit different from regular background images. They can be patterns and textures as well - but because portions of the image will scroll by at some point, the images can be a bit more focused - as long as the focus is toward the centre of the image.

Remember that background images take a supporting role in web-page design, so itā€™s best if theyā€™re simple, clean and patterned. Even if the pattern isnā€™t design-oriented, youā€™ll want to go with images without a single, clear subject. Photograph-wise, images like city scapes, landscapes, or large images of busy locations with many subjects tend to look best.

Background images for commercial use

Luckily when it comes to getting the perfect background photo - weā€™ve got your covered. Our collection of HD photos are perfect for editing and can be used as widescreen backgrounds, full screen backgrounds, and desktop backgrounds and will look equally stunning on both Windows and Mac computers at any size (1600 x 1200, 1440, 1280, 1920).

Take a look at our free, downloadable high resolution images - perfect for your next project.